Kansas City Chiefs fans can breathe a little easier now knowing they won’t be without two of their starting two receivers in 2013. After all the speculation and “experts” guaranteeing Dwayne Bowe wouldn’t be back in Kansas City this year, the former LSU standout signed a new five-year deal with the Chiefs, which means he’ll be around for the Andy Reid–Alex Smith era.
So what can be expected this year from the revamped Chiefs, who also hold the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft? They have a dynamite pair of running backs with completely different styles in Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis to help keep pressure off Smith and Bowe and they’ll add more protection for them with a stellar offensive lineman at the top of the draft if they’re smart. Of course, Kansas City has plenty of other needs to address in the draft, but bringing in a superstar like Texas A&M‘s Luke Joeckel could help them to solidify a new core group of players for the Reid era.
Where does Bowe fit into all of this? After the Chiefs cut Steve Breaston, it was clear they had a new plan for receiver going forward but at that point it didn’t include Bowe. Now that the Chiefs’ top wideout is back in the fold, Kansas City can focus on developing young, up-and-coming players like Jon Baldwin without having to pressure them into larger roles than they’re ready for right now.
The Chiefs are evidently not concerned with Bowe’s incredible inconsistency over the past few years, during which time he’s dropped as many passes as he’s hauled in for touchdowns. Maybe Reid thinks he can work wonders with Bowe like he does quarterbacks, but only time will tell. What do you think? Comment below and let us know!